Return of Retro Spectacles in Fashion

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Geek chic has long been flying the flag for the cool but geeky crowd. Mixed in with last year’s preppy look, geek chic has become a robust trend that survives year after year, and as we head further into 2013, the geek takeover is not about to slow down.

Scarlett Johansson

So what do we have in store for SS13? The high streets fill with slogan tees this year and ‘geek’, ‘dweeb’ or ‘nerd’ are the favourites amongst fashionistas and now we’re welcoming the return of retro spectacles.

Not only are retro frames hot this year but vintage inspired pieces are making a comeback too. Here are some of this year’s hottest frames to get your hands on.

Prada 2013
  1. Retro geek chic frames – thick, black frames are great for outlining your face and highlighting your cheekbone structure. Some of the most influential celebs who have worn geek glasses over the years include Johnny Depp, Paris Hilton, Anne Hathaway, David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Alexa Chung, Scarlett Johansson and even Kanye West.

Alexa Chung Geek glasse 2008
Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung Geek
Alexa Chung
Bieber geek glasses
Jastin Bieber

Today, geek glasses have become a staple in any girl’s modern wardrobe and we have seen it grow to include other trends such as Kawaii or preppy.  In fact, many fashion bloggers can be seen regularly styling thick, black frames in their daily outfit posts and there’s always a new and interesting way to wear them when you follow fashion blogs online.


  1. Plastic retro glasses – we all remember those thick plastic glasses from way back when, those oversized librarian glasses which have slowly all ended up in fancy dress play boxes and set aside in the dark corners of charity shops. But big, thick plastic specs are back and the vintage librarian look is officially on trend for 2013. Add vintage curls or the catwalk favourite, the victory roll (so 50s darling) and you’ve got s recipe for high fashion.

Kendall Jenner

geek glasses and denim


Monocle retro style chanel

  1. The unisex monocle – who would ever have thought that the monocle would come back into fashion? Vintage fashion has been changing the face of fashion over recent years, with more and more vintage retailers penetrating the online shopping market. As more and more fashion followers flock to the web for fast fashion and pre-loved bargains, vintage eyewear has stepped into the limelight. The unisex monocle has become something of an accessory but it also has its practical elements too.


Alison Burnett geek glasses
Alison Burnett

If you want to see a full range of retro spectacle designs online, take a look at for some super cool designs.

Giorgia by Garance Dpre

Images- Style Bistro,, Garance Dore

Have a lovely Day!!!


    1. I bought a pair from Zara for fun but I need to get a good quality one asap.

  1. Love these kind of frames.

    Even though I have been wearing contact lenses for quite some time now, I`ve been thinking of swapping them with some thick black cat eye glasses.

    Wish you a great week~

  2. Love it when someone rocks a pair of specs with such a confident attitude, so cool! Great post Nina 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

    1. That is how I think too and many times I realized after a little while of trying out new styles it looks great. Happened to me with mixing prints….but I think geek glasses would look cool on you, Colleen.

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